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At the AGM held on Wed 12th April 2023 Gordano Probus was Wound Up, because of insufficient numbers of members. 

Former Secretary for many years, John Hewett, has written a short account of our history.

Gordano Probus Club Portishead.
The club was formed in 2004 when two other Probus Clubs decided to amalgamate and chose the name “Gordano Probus Club”.

Ivan Button, John Wooster and Gordon Randall were 3 of the original members.
Probus Clubs provide a meeting place for retired men to socialise and have a good meal.

Single men and widowers particularly appreciate the friendship.
Ladies and partners are invited to join for Christmas and mid –Summer lunch.
Trips have been enjoyed to Concorde Museum, Postal Sorting Office, Avon and Somerset Police HQ and the catering department at Weston College.
When I joined in 2010 membership was about 40. During covid-19 some members kept in contact by ‘Zoom’ and phone calls
When meetings restarted in 2022 a significant number didn’t rejoin or were reluctant to meet in groups.

New members didn’t balance the loss by resignation and death.
Six members were over 90 years (Graham Biggs, Tony Everett, John Wooster, Gordon Randall, Arthur Keown, Arthur Oborne.) and most of the rest over 80 years.
Recent Members of note included.
Ted Talbot 1928-2022 Started at BAE age 25 and became Corcorde Chief Design Engineer.
Gordon Randall. Journalist, Editor of Points West and News Editor for Midlands at Pebble Mill.
John and Pat Wooster celebrated Platinum Wedding Anniversary September 2022.  John was club secretary for many years.
Arthur Oborne was 99 in January 2023. In 2022 he attended Annual Remembrance Parade in London
Chairmen since 2015 were Paul Williams (2) Gordon Randall. Jack Lewis,Chris Parsons (2) and Jeff Salter.
At AGM in April 2023 it was unanimously decided to close the club as we were unable to form a committee.     

Balance of club funds will be shared between RNLI, Portishead Christmas Lights and Portishead in Bloom.                                                        May 8 th . 2023 John Hewett (Welfare Officer)

Sadly our Chairman, Jeff Salter, passed away after an illness on  22nd March 2023  and his funeral is on Monday 24 April at 2:45pm
at Westerleigh Crematorium BS37 8QP. He is badly missed. Jeff, 22 Sept 1948 - 22 March 2023. Four Probus mambers from our depleted membership attended.

Arthur Oborne celebrated his 99th birthday on 24rh Jan 2023

Chris Phillips died on Sunday 8th Jan 2023 after being ill for sometime. The funeral of Chris Phillips will take place at Canford Crematorium on Monday January 30th at 1.30pm followed by a Wake at The Poacher.

John Wooster and his wife, Pat, celebrated their Platinum Wedding Anniversary recently.  Many congratualtions to them. Unfortunately John has just suffered from a fall and Pat has moved into Care.

Sadly Ted Talbot passed away on October 26th 2022.   A Tribute to Ted wil be found on page News > Members




Gordano ProBus Club located in Portishead is a club for retired / semi retired men who have held some form of responsible position in the community and who appreciate some social interaction with other like minded men. Membership is not restricted to business or professional men.

Probus is a non-sectarian, non-political and non-fundraising organisation confining its activities to the social, educational and welfare needs of its members. (See the sub page titled "Welfare").

There is no maximum age and the minimum age can be as low as 55.  Our club operates completely autonomously.

We meet at Clarence House Portishead BS20 6PY every 2nd Wednesday of the month at 12-30pm       

until 3-00pm for a chat, a drink, lunch, coffee and an interesting talk.

How to find us - a map and written route will be found on the "Contact" page

We also hold a Ladies Lunch twice a year when wives and partners join us for our meeting.

From time to time we organise trips to local places of interest.

We are always on the look out for new members, so if you would like to come and join us

Ask about a trial visit - contact Jim Bougnague  -  Secretary  or  Tel 01275 842259    See our Facebook (Gordano Probus Club)

This website has about 25 pages so use the menu to easily find the page with the topic that you want.

Page last updated - 11 Dec 2021  JBS